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HiPEAC voices: Innovation special What have been your greatest successes to date?

researchers get more than 15 patents and we were instrumental

AE: Our work has focused on bringing a culture change towards an

in the launch of BSC’s first spin-off, Nostrum Biodiscovery, with a

entrepreneurial way of thinking; thanks to this, an increasing

second in the pipeline. Last year, we had 11 patents approved or

number of researchers now consider an entrepreneurial career.

pending approval, five joint research centres and 26 bilateral

Through initiatives such as the Innovation Journey training, we aim

collaboration agreements with companies.

to help researchers understand the market and identify the problems their research could respond to. The markets we work with are still

What are the main challenges you have to face?

being created, which makes for a fast-paced environment.

AE: Reaching SMEs and making it easy for them to get involved in the world of HPC is a major challenge. When we work with

BSC has a rich portfolio of services to offer, spanning everything

emerging technology companies, such as those working in

from air quality studies to genome analysis. We’ve helped

biotech, smart cities or the internet of things, we share a common language. Barcelona has a digital R+D+I cluster comprising

"Industrial PhDs can bridge the gap between HPC research and mature industries"

companies working in areas like big data, fintech and biotech, who find it easier to grasp the scientific value offered by BSC. Reaching out to companies in mature industries is more difficult. Industrial PhDs are one way of bridging the gap, where the student’s thesis provides a solution to improve an industrial process. If a good relationship with the student is established, it helps bring the company closer to the world of HPC.

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In this issue of the HiPEAC (www.hipeac.net) magazine, published to coinicide with May 2018 innovation-themed Computing Systems Week in Goth...

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